Gig Young

Born Nov 4, 1913

Gig Young was an American film, stage, and television actor. Known mainly for second leads and supporting roles, Young won an Academy Award for his performance as a slimy dance-marathon emcee in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

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1913 Birth Born on November 4, 1913.


1941 27 Years Old Young took a hiatus from his movie career and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1941 where he served as a pharmacist's mate in the US Coast Guard until the end of World War II.
1942 28 Years Old In early 1942, in an uncredited bit part and nearly unseen, in his distinctive voice, he had one line, "How's the ice?", in the Bette Davis film The Man Who Came to Dinner. … Read More


1947 33 Years Old Young was married five times; his first marriage to Sheila Stapler lasted seven years, ending in 1947.
1950 36 Years Old In 1950, he married Sophie Rosenstein, the resident drama coach at Paramount, who was several years Young's senior. … Read More
1951 37 Years Old 1 More Event
His dramatic work as an alcoholic in the 1951 film Come Fill the Cup with James Cagney and his comedic role as a tipsy but ultimately charming intellectual in Teacher's Pet starring Clark Gable and Doris Day earned him nominations for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. … Read More


1955 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1955, Young became the host of Warner Bros. … Read More
1956 42 Years Old He met actress Elizabeth Montgomery after she appeared in an episode of Warner Bros. Presents in 1956, and the two married later that year.
1963 49 Years Old In 1963, Montgomery divorced Young because of his alcoholism.


1964 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On the 1964-65 NBC series The Rogues, he shared appearances on a rotating basis with David Niven and Charles Boyer.
1969 55 Years Old Young won the Academy Award for his role as Rocky, the dance marathon emcee and promoter in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?


Young's last role was in the 1978 film Game of Death, released nearly six years after the film's star, Bruce Lee, died during production in 1973.
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